About 4 years ago my friend Diane stated that I was going to arrange her 40th birthday party. Neither of us realised how quickly this year would ascend upon us and 6 months ago we sat down to discuss the details.
We had literally found and booked a venue until one Sunday when I accidentally stumbled upon the LIVING ROOM in Maboneng and I quickly messaged Di not to pay the deposit for our venue.
I contacted Cara, from the Living Room and asked if there was a hotel nearby for her family from Cape Town as well as her 95 year old gran. Her response sealed the deal for us as she even offered to arrange a Tuc Tuc for Di’s gran.
Di’s family are so important to her and changing to a day- time party meant that everyone close to her was able to enjoy every moment of the occasion.
Originally we had booked one of the Livingroom’s Jazz band and DJ but a few weeks before the function Jacques Lagesse was able to perform at the party and host the music and Di’s every party dream was fulfilled.
Not even the forecast of a cold front or the early evening storm interrupted our plans of dancing while the sun set to a beautiful view of our city.
The last time I encountered such well- trained staff was at the One & Only in Cape Town. There are no words for the efficiency, pro-activeness and helpfulness of the team at the Living Room.
The food was sublime, beautifully presented and is by far the ONLY function venue to book in Johannesburg. They are so flexible in that they allow you to do the catering as an alternative option and so I brought in the cake table for dessert.
My beautiful friend. Forty and Fabulous